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Monday, July 25, 2011

Create a Critter Horse Howdy Card

Started creating this card Fri 7/22/11 after I saw that M.A.G. Challenge by the Page was to use Create a Critter Cricut cartridge page 59 which I'm entering it in.

Challenge #36

For MAG Challenge you cannot use any other Cricut cartridge or page from another cartridge, only the one specified. However, you are free to use all the embellishments and other treasure from your stash!!
On to Challenge #36:
Cartridge: Create a Critter
Page: 5

Also entering this into following challenge:
Decorate to Celebrate Challenge #4 - Kid's Birthday Themed Party

Challenge #4 -- Kid-Themed Birthday Party

I first cut the images: horse and layers and not the bandana & not the shadow, horseshoe and made the top of horseshoe red, and the phrase out of red gingham paper. Decided to add the bandana out of the same red gingham paper that phrase was cut out of. Decided to change the top of horseshoe to yellow so it would stand out more. Decided to give the bandana more sturdiness and since I figured I would use foam adhesives on it on the horse I added a red piece of the bandana to the back of the red gingham paper. I made a phrase out of red since there was no shadow for the phrase and this also gave the phrase out of red gingham more sturdiness like the bandana.

I had no idea that I would put the images on a stair step card let alone learn how to make a stair step card. Watched a video and after 2 tries I got the stair step card made. 1st try I had the 2 slits cut correct but did not have the scoring correct. Had one more piece of the HayStack paper like I used in my Down on the Farm scrapbook layout. Decided to use Denim looking paper as border on sides of Hay Stack of stair step card. This project was growing but I'm so happy with the way it turned out and I learned so much in the process.

Create a Critter Cricut cart page 59:
3" horse incl Layer 1-3 of which the bandana is Layer 3 and shadow,
4 1/2" accessory horseshoe &
2 1/2" phrase Howdy

Stair step card base 5 1/2" x 11" white cardstock
lay the paper with 11" as horizontal to make the slits
cut 2 slits 1" from each side going from 1" to 6 1/2" - used my new Fiskars trimmer that allows you to see the paper and lift up on the cutter so that you only cut the part you want to like in making slits which cannot be done with a regular trimmer that would cut from end to end

Used Martha Stewart score board to do the scoring:
1" from side from top of card to slit & from bottom slit to bottom of card
2" from side from top of card to slit & from bottom slit to bottom of card
5 1/2" between slit to slit
6 1/2" all the way from top to bottom

Base 5 1/2" x 11" white cardstock
Colorbok Hay Stacks
Sandylion Denim Paper
the Paper Studio Red Gingham
black, 3 shades of brown, red, yellow

black marker to color horse's: eyes, nostrils & mouth

foam adhesives to give 3D look to horse & horseshoe, mini pop dots to adhere the phrase to top

May add some natural color twine or rope to this.


  1. This is ADORABLE! You did such a great job on this! Love it! :)Amy

  2. Wow, you did a great job! Thanks for playing @ MAG!!!

  3. I'm crazy in love with your card, Melissa! That hay paper is perfect for this card. :)

    About the FCCB comment you left on my're not doing anything wrong at all. :) It appears that the post on the FCCB blog is delayed. Please try again in a few hours. It should have appeared at 7am CST. (I made a mistake and had my post go live at 6am CST.)

  4. This is a cute card! I love that little horse and used it for AG's birthday invitation last year. He is just the cutest! I think the bandana is a wonderful little touch and I like the gingham! CAC is one of my favorite cartridges.

  5. Awesome job. Thanks for playing with us again this week at MAG

  6. ADORABLE!!! I love this! Thanks for sharing

  7. Melissa, FABULOUS! Your card is absolutely stunning, awesome work. ~Shen

  8. Absolutely Adorable card. Love the straw at the bottom!!!
    Happy to be a new follower!

  9. Melissa
    I love this card, it is adorable! Thanks for stopping by my blog this weekend, you should check it out today.

  10. WOW! I think yours came out looking better than mine! :) I love the patterned paper!

  11. H!! Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and for your sweet comment! Oh and thanks a bunch for grabbing my blinkie!! I really hope you will join my Shaker Card Challenge! To answer your question I cut the plastic with my scissors I just measured to make sure it would fit behind my frame :) If you have anymore questions feel free to email me :)!

    Lots of Love,

    P.S I also saw that you are from Texas too!! I am from San Antonio!

  12. Great card!


  13. You did a wonderful job on this. So adorable. Thanks for playing at MAG. Hope you continue to join us. Smooches... Felicia

  14. WOW, Melissa - this is so FABULOUS!! The checkered paper for the howdy is awesome and the hay paper looks so real! This is an outstanding card! I LOVE it!! :D


  15. Melissa this card is super cute! i like the hay paper! Love the combination of colors and patterned paper!

  16. Love your Card!!! It is so Cute!!! :0)

  17. Amazing card! I just adore the straw!
    Hugs, Jenni

  18. So adorable. I am a new follower!


  19. So CUTE!! I love the gingham paper and the hay paper!! Great card! Thanks for joining us this week over at M.A.G. Challenge by the Page!

  20. So cute! Love the hay paper!

    ~ Jen @ Musings of a Crafty Mom

  21. This is so, so fun!! I saw the thumbnail at Decorate to Celebrate and just had to come and check it out. I'm so glad I did! The paper is amazing!! I love the gingham title and matching scarf. So clever, Melissa!!

  22. Very cute card! I love to make step cards! Great job!

  23. Very cute card the gingham just makes it! Thanks for playing with us at MAG.

  24. Really Cute. I love the Hay what look. Glad I found your blog. I am now your newest follower. Stop by and say HI. Traci

  25. OMG, this is so pretty, I love it! great color choices! Thanks so much for joining Mag!

  26. WOW!! You did a wonderful job. Thanks for playing along.


  27. Adorable. Love Create A Critter.
    cstephenson at q dot com

  28. A- dorable!!!
    here from Decorate To Celebrate!

  29. Decorate to Celebrate sent me and I love your work. Thanks CallyAnn(new follwer)

  30. You did a great job on your card. Adorable!
    Sherrie K

  31. YEE-HAW and WOO-DOGGY!! Your invitation is SUPER CUTE!! :)

    Thanks so much for decorating your celebrations at the Decorate To Celebrate! Challenge Blog!

    Amy :) at
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